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South Dakota Governor’s Research Center Program

Grants to South Dakota IHEs for Economic
Development through STEM Innovations

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South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development - South Dakota Board of Regents (SDBOR)

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04/09/21 5:00 PM CST


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Grants to South Dakota universities to collaborate with private sector partners for the commercialization of STEM innovations. Applicants are required to submit a letter of intent prior to a full application. The intent of this program is to increase research competitiveness and expand the State’s knowledge economy.

The objective of the program is to establish recognized leaders in a focused research area and commercialize promising research results in collaboration with private sector partners. The Governor’s Research Center program is intended to accelerate the growth of research competitiveness, move innovations to market and support expansion of South Dakota’s knowledge economy. Governor’s Research Centers have had a history of success expanding South Dakota’s R&D, spinning out businesses, establishing public private collaborations and securing external funding.

Each Governor’s Research Center is expected to become a recognized leader in its field by building the physical, human and educational infrastructure needed to be competitive for external funding and be sustained beyond the duration of an award. A successful Center’s outcomes are translational; they expand the economy both directly through creating new employment opportunities at the Center, partnering with businesses and spin off companies and contribute to STEM workforce development. 

A Center’s primary objectives include:

  • Achieve national standing as a leader in focused research and education areas;
  • Increase competitiveness for major federal research funding leveraging state and private investments and support future research activities;
  • Develop focused areas of research that generate demonstrable and significant commercial activity contributing economic growth in South Dakota; and
  • Establish centers in partnership with private sector entities that will drive economic growth.

This program will allow South Dakota to make strategic investments in building nationally competitive translational research programs in specific areas of science and engineering that are consistent with state goals. Strategic investments may take several forms including:

  • Start-up costs for hiring new faculty in targeted areas;
  • Equipping and staffing core research facilities;
  • Postdoctoral, graduate, and undergraduate research programs;
  • Strengthening university-industry partnerships; or
  • Any other strategy to enable South Dakota to dramatically increase its competitiveness in a focused area. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178497

Estimated Size of Grant:

Governor’s Research Center proposals may request up to $300,000 in year one, $900,000 in year two through year five

Term of Contract:

The SD Governor’s Research Center Program invites proposals to identify Governor’s Research Center projects that will begin in June 2021.

The budget period for a Governor’s Research Center proposal is five years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Information: Eligibility as a lead institution for a Governor’s Research Center is open to South Dakota Regental universities collaborating with researchers and industry partners interested in establishing a research center or continuing development of applications of a platform technology within South Dakota. An institution may serve as lead institution on more than one proposal submitted in response to this solicitation.

PI Eligibility Limit: An investigator may participate in only one proposal as the lead scientist/principal investigator. An investigator may participate in more than one proposal as a senior investigator/co-PI.

Pre-proposal Conference:

RFP Q&A: Zoom meeting February 12, 2021, 2:00-3:00 Central time
Phone one-tap: US: +16699009128,,93858364006# or +12532158782,,93858364006#
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Meeting ID: 938 5836 4006

Pre-Application Information:

Due Dates:
- Letter of Intent (required - due by 5 PM CST): February 26, 2021
- Proposals (required - due by 5 PM CST): April 9, 2021
- External Review and Down Select: April/May, 2021
- Panel Presentations and Awards: May 17-21, 2021 or June 1-4, 2021

Letter of Intent: Submission of a Letter of Intent (LOI) is required. The LOI must be submitted by the lead institution’s Sponsored Program Office or its equivalent. Please see the full text of the solicitation for instructions on preparing the LOI.

Projects submitting a Letter of Intent may submit a full proposal by the deadline noted below. No other proposals will be accepted. Please see the full text of the solicitation for instructions on preparing the proposal.

While no cost-sharing or match funding is required, significant institutional commitment is required. This may take various forms including but not limited to the allocation of new tenure-track faculty lines, facility and space allocations, support staff, etc. These commitments should be fully described in the proposal budget justification.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Letters of Intent and Proposals should each be submitted electronically as a single file in PDF format as an e-mail attachment to and .

SD Board of Regents
Mel Ustad, Director of SD EPSCoR, SD Board of Regents, 4801 N. Career Ave., Suite 103, Sioux Falls, SD 57107;
605-274-9535 (voice), 605-670-1678 (cell), see e-mail above.

South Dakota Board of Regents
306 East Capitol Avenue, Suite 200
Pierre, SD 57501

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